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Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Egirdir August 21st 2006

Saturday August 19, 2006 - We woke up at 6:30am in order to catch the first bus out of Olympos at 7am, bu tit either didn't come or we missed it. Either way we decided it was a good thing. We then had two hours to go to see the beach and ruins of Olympos (on the way to the beach) and have breakfast before the 9am bus. The ruins were good to see and the beach was pretty, but by that time the sun had come up and it was baking already. So we walked back, explored some more of the ruins, and had our breakfast. The bus filled up quickly and we were on our way. We had to pay for that small bus (which we had avoided doing the first time) and then ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv August 21st 2006

Well, I have moved out of my friend's apartment, and back to my cousins house for the next 2 weeks. Its nice to be back at my cousins, but honestly, I do miss the independence of being in the apartment, and the apartment itself. Escpecially the balcony! sitting out on the 6th floor balcony every night with a beautiful view of the city doesn't compare to sitting in the computer room in my cousins basement (which happens to be the bomb shelter). Oh well, from one place to another, as I am a traveling vagabond, haha. kinda. So, the last few days at the apartment, I did some more toring of the city. I went to 2 great old neighborhoods, Jaffa, and Neve Tzedek. First, a little historical background on them, to expain the rest of ... read more
mosque and sea
me on the Wishing Bridge
egyptian ruins

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul August 20th 2006

So we are off agaın. It has been a pretty good few weeks ın Turkey and the last few days ın Istanbul have been kında cool too. We dıd start of ın a scum-o-lıcıous dorm down ın backpacker land but then quıckly moved ourselves out and up the road ınto a nıce lıttle room of our own for ony a couple of lıra extra. Phew. The Blue Mosque ıs perhaps one of the worlds most famous and ıt ıs pretty ımpressıve. Have to say the tıle work ıs not quıte as detaıled as that ın Iran but ıt ıs stıll cool nonetheless. My favourıte part were the candelabras whıch lent a kınd of old world mystery and charm to the place. Would lıke to get me one of those for my turret one day. The Aya ... read more

Middle East » Oman » Muscat August 20th 2006

The capital of Oman is Muscat, although the city is widely spread out and there are several townships in Greater Muscat. I stayed in one of the residential areas near Qurm, but the commercial district is in Ruwi. There is a fresh fish market and an amazing souq in Mutrah, where I could buy some souvinirs. The palace and the government is situated in a small area called Muscat, whose atmosphere is quite different from the others. As in Dubai, one can find a few palace-like hotels in the southern shore of Muscat. People in Muscat are generally friendly. I feel especially so because I just came from Dubai where money and time seemed to be more of a priority. Taxi drivers were keen to talk to me with their minimal English, although I believed they ... read more
The Grand Mosque in Muscat
Palace Fort

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk August 20th 2006

Second blog postıng of my travels. Sorry by the way for the letter I's ın thıs blog, sınce thıs ıs a screwed up Turkısh keyboard. I believe when I left off I was still ın Istanbul. Well, I spent one more night there, having dinner with this very nice couple from France, where we spent a good chunk of the meal dıscussıng Quebec, and their strangeness. Even the French think they're overly defensıve about their language, whıch I fınd amusing. So yeah, that was Istanbul. I proceeded to take an early mornıng bus to Canakkale, which is about a 6 hour bus ride south of Istanbul. Canakkale istself is absolutely unremarkable, and is really just a hub for the two main tourist attractions ın the area, those being the Gallipoli peninsula, site of a major World ... read more
Troys I to IX
Movie Trojan Horse


Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 19th 2006

The Romans - what have they ever done for us? Not wanting to quote the famous “Life of Brian” sketch you have to admit they were way ahead of their time. They invented so many things we take for granted today. Invading other countries and having an Empire just because you can, central heating, political corruption, Ceasar Salads (with or without extra Anchovies) Toga parties, pizza and riding scooters without a crash helmet were all Roman ideas. Where would Russell Crowe’s career be without “Gladiator”? Where would George Michael’s be without public toilets? They even built a wall to keep the Scots out of England. So, it should be of no surprise that Latin should have some memorable sayings that are as relevant today as they were in 10 A.D. Quad Erat Demonstradum. QED. Quite literally ... read more
Quad Bikers - EXTREME!

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 19th 2006

Dear All Since my last blog update, I have spent 9 days in Greece and 2 1/2 days in the United Arab Emirates. As I am heading off to Kenya today and will be on tours for the next 2 weeks, I am afraid those blogs will not be posted anytime soon. Take care and I will get around to publishing all as soon as I can. Cheers Merryn... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 19th 2006

I arrived in Dubai at 11:45pm with the temperature being a balmy 39 degrees Celsius.... Thank goodness for air conditioning! I did not do much in terms of touristy stuff in Dubai - lots of sleeping, lots of catching up on world news (I actually had a TV in my room) and quite a bit of just wandering the streets. It took some time to re-adjust to being back in a Muslim country after so long in Western Europe but I can honestly say I liked the place more with each hour I was there - apart from the 45 degree temperatures during the day. I had a look at 'the' hotel (did not venture in), walked along the beach there, got a tour of the adjoining hotel by a young Indian engineer that I met ... read more
Dubai Creek I
Dubai Creek II
"The" Hotel

Middle East » Israel » North District » Migdal HaEmek August 18th 2006

hi everyone, this is the first time im writing to my journey dairy. im in israel, planing my big journey over australia, New-Zealand and thailand. my flight is set to 25th of october 2006. and im getting really excited for this moment thats all 4 now ill be right back soon maor... read more

Middle East » Israel » North District » Migdal HaEmek August 18th 2006

this is my countdown to my flight to hong-kong... read more

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